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And speaking of rising temperatures a new fallout over -- prayer service planned for tomorrow -- Texas governor Rick Perry.
The Republican governor hosting a seven hour gathering of prayer and fasting in Houston critics say it goes too far for a public official.
And -- at Butler associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania joins us along -- takes them a -- Syndicated radio host and a regular on this show as well welcome -- -- I don't -- -- India what do you think about this as the governor I've crossed a line or is this just something legitimately he can do whether he's elected official or not.
I think the governor is right up at the line and he's hearing over the edge Shannon.
He's decided to bring this together this prayer group -- these are partially people who are backing him.
And so he could appear to prayer meeting -- -- that he did organize himself.
But Rick Perry has been someone as a governor who is very -- on his -- about his -- even had a thing about how to pray for the state back in April when they need it -- not much rain still come but he's out of the grammys tomorrow.
What -- -- opens tomorrow I guess it will pay off side Jason that let me read you a little bit of what we have from this group they say they're going to be no long -- there's no desire to gather opposition to any group or philosophy right whistle to pray for America but they are facing a serious lawsuit.
That's -- to the fifth circuit.
Trying to shut this thing down -- starts tomorrow.
Well -- look there's always a touchy in give and take between politics and religion.
But atheist could go through the permitting process and they can pay defeat Iran not Reliant Stadium and they get out there -- non faith celebration.
That's the purpose of the First Amendment a policy of neutrality.
Where people who are believers in people who were not have the same access so I don't see this as any much different anyway.
Then though the president's.
Having his prayer breakfast or the ten commandments on the side of the Supreme Court building.
Fact of the matter is we may not be a Christian nation but we are a nation of Christians and that faith is going to be displayed.
Or on display in the town square and that's -- the case for a couple of centuries.
And in the end he you mentioned this to mean he wears to speak honestly he's very at a -- -- the evangelical.
There are others in this field he gets into the presidential race and who have similar thoughts and feelings they're out in Iowa doing a lot to stir things up while he still on the sidelines at this point.
Anyway this thing backfires on him and as far as being able to reach not only to evangelical voters across to independents and others.
That he would need city really be going after the White House.
Well I think she ended in May backfire on him in this way he doesn't fill up Reliant Stadium tomorrow it looks really bad if you've got into space and you call for -- -- -- that's one.
I don't think back -- with him with religious conservative it may backfire with him.
For more moderate Republicans who see this as him overstepping his bounds so as law does he can -- the house tomorrow.
Eddie house of people there and they're praying it's good for his base which I think our Evans -- local and conservative religious voters.
If it's not if it doesn't fill out then he's got a problem with more rob moderate Republicans who probably want to get some funding.
And to get funding to candidate that they can believe in and that can win.
And then Jason's going to be allegations about this events are that it's aligned with fringe extremist groups people who are out of the mainstream but.
I you know some groups use that -- you -- describe somebody who is against gay marriage or who is against abortion on demand.
-- what do you think it is it to bring -- for the average person out there.
And it may very well be mean Mike Huckabee went this route and Iowa he had that.
The the Iowa ad with a cross in the background and -- got him the victory in Iowa but it didn't do much and so there is this tension between the Tea Party independents.
Who are -- split between libertarian -- them and traditional -- And you got to walk that that fine line but -- as a matter of public policy Shannon nothing along these lines along that the prayer breakfast for the prayer meeting I should say tomorrow.
Compares with that though this administration and the DOJ be using to enforce the laws on the books when it comes to dome up or at least refusing to file an amicus brief the DOJ said we're simply not going do -- petition the court to uphold the law -- on Don -- now that's a radical view in my position.
It can't last that question to you did you -- Chinese are those of other denominations whether it's you know something that's a little bit closer like Lutheran or Catholic.
Or something -- of a different mormons or the Jewish -- or others out there including the Islamic community.
Yellow he's actually -- -- doing that right now because there's a lot of people who protest -- he gets in today.
This afternoon in Houston and there.
-- coalition of thirty churches in the Houston area get signed on.
They don't want to have the pair beating happened so I think that he has alienated some people but I want to say something back to your other person that the gas.
Everything to do adult not what this has to do with is a prayer meeting and so.
To bring Abdullah the list of all this I think TrueCrypt out now and -- do you think it makes you mix -- apples and oranges here.
They have this Gordon went on a well under the really lately that I really don't learn and allowing the gay marriage let's be honest about it if it is and they're losing that Elton Elton has been painted over so what happens what will happen next.
So we'll -- we'll leave it there in -- -- -- then thank you not have a great weekend.
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